The Wolverine released this weekend amongst heavy expectations as a stand alone comic book film starring the very likeable Hugh Jackman. However, lukewarm reviews and perhaps an audience that has grown tired of mediocre comic book films held down the film’s opening numbers to respectable. The film debuted to $55M, which is OK for a stand alone comic book adaptation, but FOX had larger expectations when it comes to their biggest and most well known character. Leading up to the weekend projections for the film’s opening numbers had it somewhere in the $65M-70M range. With a budget of $100M+ I think it’s safe to say it will make its money back.
Second this weekend was last weeks big winner The Conjuring, the based-on-a-true-story scare factory that surprised a lot of people. The film made $22M this weekend to bring its two week total to nearly $84M. With a budget of only $20M the film has quickly become one of 2013’s biggest success stories.
Coming in at third at the box office this weekend was Despicable Me 2, which has become one of the highest grossing animated films of all time. The film performed well once again in its fourth week at the theaters bringing in $16M which brings the film’s domestic total to over $300M. It’s only the second film this year to surpass the $300M mark (the other being Iron Man 3). The film is quickly approaching Toy Story 3 territory as far as money is concerned ($400M domestic).
Rounding out the top five is the animated snail racing adventure Turbo and the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2. The films brought in $13M and $11.5M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) The Wolverine – $55 (NEW)
2) The Conjuring – $22.1 ($83.8)
3) Despicable Me 2 – $16 ($306)
4) Turbo – $13.3 ($55.7)
5) Grown Ups 2 – $11.5 ($101.6)
6) Red 2 – $9.4 ($35)
7) Pacific Rim – $7.5 ($84)
8) The Heat – $6.8 ($141.2)
9) R.I.P.D. – $5.8 ($24.3)
10) Fruitvale Station – $4.6 ($6.3)
Via Box Office Mojo